Wednesday, August 29, 2012

JOY OR HAPPINESS?

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.  Against such thing there is no law.  Galatians 5:22-23


Whats the difference between joy and happiness?  I am a happy person, but not always filled with joy.  Happiness for me personally is feeling at peace with my life, contentment, patience for God's plan, fulfillment, and love for the people in my life.  Joy is an exhuberant feeling of knowing I am a child of God and loved and protected like no other.  He guards my life, my heart and my mind.  This is the kind of joy that makes me strong.  Anything is possible if I trust in God.  This has served we so well over the years, especially this year.

Monday, August 13, 2012

BIBLE INFORMATION

What I learned in SALT class today about the OT. 

The bible is unique in a few ways I never gave much thought to.  It's in total harmony.  It is God breathed (2 Tim 3:16).  The people who wrote it were moved by God to do so (2 Peter 1:21).  The Holy Spirit allowed people to remember the Word (John 14:26).

The opposition to the bible is so vast, more than any other published work, it makes me wonder exactly why people are so scared of its circulation.  Because they are afraid their belief will be proven wrong?

The suffering endured by Christians over the centuries has numbers too high to count.  Is any other group in the world persecuted as much?

The bible has something to say to every generation, not just ancient civilizations.  The word is current and everlasting.

It occured to me years ago that I had never given much thought to the actual bible.  It's just always been there for me and I never questioned it's authenticity or reliability.  Then my belief was shaken over a particular issue and I ran to the bible for answers.  I found my answers, and they contradicted what my church at the time was teaching.  I realized that this particular denomination was skewed in more ways than one.  I investigated and interviewed and finally came to the realization that the bible alone is my church, not someones interpretation of it.  I belong to a non-denominational Christian church now that is awesome.  I have never once heard a teaching that goes against the bible's teaching.  This is such a comfort to me.  The bible is total truth, not just opinion.  The bible is accurate, no need to have doubt.  The bible is complete, every aspect of our lives is covered.

As I am reading the bible through to the end this year I pray that God will continue to open my eyes to what he wants me to learn.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

EXODUS SUMMARY/OUTLINE FOR SALT CLASS

Summary of each chapter in EXODUS

1. Jacobs family goes to Egypt but become slaves when their number increase too much according
to the king, Pharoh orders baby boys to be killed
2. Moses is placed in the Nile and Pharoh's daughter finds him & raises him, Moses kills an
Egyptian beating a Hebrew, flees to the wilderness, marries
3. God speaks to Moses through a burning bush, God commands Moses to return to Egypt
to bring the Israelites out of Egypt
4. Miraculous signs, Moses staff into snake, leprous hand, his brother Aaron is appointed as
helper, Moses leaves for Egypt in obedience
5. Moses asks Pharoh to free Israelites, slaves have to build bricks without being given
straw, 
6. God has heard Israelites groaning and renews a covenant with them, promising to free
and redeem them
7. Moses & Aaron warn Pharoh, Aaron's staff into snake, Pharoh's sorcerers do the same,
Aaron's staff swallows their staffs, First Plague: water to blood
8. Second Plague:  the country is filled with frogs, Third Plague: dust will become gnats,
Fourth Plague: swarm of flies
9. Fifth Plague: all Egyptian livestock struck dead, but Israelites livestock untouched,
Sixth Plague: festering boils, Seventh Plague: hailstorm causing death
10. Eighth Plague:  locusts, Pharoh's officials tell he should let the slaves go, Ninth  
Plague: darkness for three days
11. Tenth Plague: first born sons die, 
12. Mark the doors with lamb's blood, passover, exodus of Israelites gold and silver in
hand
13. First borns belong to God, Israelites led by pillar of cloud and fire
14. Pharoh chases Israelites, Moses parts the Red Sea, Pharoh's army is dead
15. Moses sings a song glorifying God and all he has done, makes bitter water sweet and
God tells them to be good to avoid punishment
16. Exiles are hungry in Desert of Sin and God rains down food from Heaven, they are
greedy but eat manna for 40 years
17. Exiles leave Desert of Sin, Moses brings water from a rock, they are attacked but
Moses holds his hands up during battle and they win, he builds an altar
18. Jethro, Moses father in law comes to the dessert with Moses' family, Moses appoints
 judges over the people
19. Arrive in Mt. Sinai, Moses called to mountain, Go descended and met with Moses &
Aaron, no one else allowed
20. God gives Moses the 10 commandments, mountain shakes, thunder, lightening,
smoke, people fear God
21. Laws to obey regarding slaves' freedom and fighting and injuries.
22. Laws regarding personal property, and how to treat others
23. Laws regarding how to behave, rest, celebrate.  An angel (Jesus?) is coming to guard
the Israelites, we must do what he says and not worship other gods
24. Moses called to Mt. Sinai again, wrote down what God said, build an alter of 12
stones
25. Offerings from each man as propted to give, then he commanded a tabernacle be
built
26. Requirements of the curtains in the tabernacle
27. Requirements for altar, courtyard, oil lamps
28. Requirements for garments for Aaron, called to be a priest
29. Requirements for ordaining Aaron, and daily offering
30. God commands building an alter for incense, outlines giving, bronze basin for washing, annointing oil and incense
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GENESIS SUMMARY/OUTLINE FOR SALT CLASS

My computer just crashed and I lost some homework for my SALT class, so I'm going to post what I have so far so I have a permanent place to access this information.

Summary of each chapter in GENESIS
1.  Creation
2.  Day of rest, Adam & Eve
3.  Serpent deceives Eve, Adam & Eve outcast
4.  Cain kills Abel, has to flee
5.  Adam's life to Noah's
6.  God is greived he created man, Noah builds ark
7.  Noah enters ark
8.  Land found, Noah exits ark, God promises to never destray mankind again
9.  New life, beasts, birds, fish can now be eaten, rainbow establishes God's covenant, Noah drunk and curses Ham, father of Canaan, Noah dies
10.  Noah's son's lives and families
11.  Tower of Babel built, people disperse, Shem's family to Abram
12.  Abram leaves Haran to Egypt, deceives Pharoh claiming Sarai is his sister, they are sent away
13.  Abram & Lot separate, Abram to Canaan, Lot to Sodom
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41.  Joseph tells Pharoh what his dreams mean (abundance/famine), and puts him in charge of everything, 7 years of abundance ended, famine began
42.  Joseph's brothers come to buy grain, he sends for his youngest bother Benjamin, leaving one of his brothers in prison
43.  His brothers return with Benamin, and the feast with Joseph, still not knowing who he is
44.  Joseph sets Benjamin up to be a slave, and his brothers plea for mercy
45.  Joseph reveals who he is, then tells his brothers to go get Jacob, his father
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